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Volunteers Clean Up Sacramento River After Labor Day

Date: 09-11-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A group of student volunteers from California State University, Chico floated down the Sacramento River Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. for a cleanup event. Volunteers were from on-campus departments that included Associated Students (AS) Sustainability, AS Recycling and AS Adventure Outings. Butte County officials and California State Parks were invaluable partners in the cleanup effort. Donations for the cleanup were provided by Chico’s Lowe’s Home Improvement and Mangrove Round Table Pizza.

Seventeen volunteers departed from Irvine Finch in large rafts and inflatable kayaks to navigate the water and collect trash. Trash bags were provided for both the recycling and trash collected. Rubber gloves were provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement, and pizza from Mangrove Round Table Pizza was served to the volunteers for lunch.

Volunteers cleaned up 300 pounds of trash, nearly a third of what was collected in the previous year. It is evident that the reduction of people at the Labor Day float equated to a reduction in trash. Most of the trash gathered came from the beach located next to Scotty’s Landing. Cigarette butts and flip-flop sandals were prevalent among the materials gathered.

“It was nice being out there in the beauty of the river for service rather than pleasure,” said student Matt Navarro, a volunteer with AS Sustainability.

Student Jesus Torres said he wasn’t surprised by the decrease in trash on the river this year. “In fact,” he added, “I know that, when push comes to shove, the student body of CSU, Chico will always rise to the occasion to meet the demands of environmental and social issues. It is one of the reasons why I’m proud to call Chico State home.”